Think B&Bs are expensive? Well, think again. Even in high season, you can bed-and-breakfast on a budget, spending well under $200 – or even $100 – per night.But what do you get for that price, in addition to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast? Keep reading and find out.
B&Bs Under $200
$110: Room off veranda with queen-sized bed, large walk-in shower. Inn has eight rooms and, a mile away, a building on the Gulf of Mexico with two units.
Alling House, Orange City
$109: Antique dark mahogany queen-sized bed, sitting area with table and parlor chairs. Private bathroom with antique dresser. Three-room Victorian inn with hearts of pine wood floors, plus five cottages, on large landscaped property.
Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, Grayton Beach
$125: Queen-sized bed, private bath with shower, coffee pot, mini-fridge. Inn has 12 rooms in three buildings, steps from the sand.
Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, Orlando
$140: Room in Norment Parry Inn, restored Victorian home built in 1883, furnished with English and American antiques. Private bath, sitting room. Backs up to lovely garden courtyard. (Read my review.)
Sweetwater Branch Inn, Gainesville
$144: Large, comfortable room – where I stayed – in Cushman-Colson House, with queen bed and twin bed. (Read my review.)
Camellia Rose Inn, Gainesville
$145: Private balcony overlooking the gardens, queen-sized four-poster bed and large, private bath with spa shower and window seat. 1903 Queen Anne home with wraparound porch and second-floor veranda.
Historic Peninsula Inn, Gulfport
$149: Room with queen-size sleigh bed, full closet and bathroom with tub and shower. (What did I think about my room at the inn? Read my review.)
Grandview Inn, Mount Dora
$165: Inviting French decor and prints, antique tables and armoire in Country French Room. French doors on bath. (Read my review. This inn is one of my favorites.)Magnolia Inn, Mount Dora
$169: Corner bedroom overlooking fountain, queen-sized, hand-carved, hand-painted bed. Tiled shower with pedestal sink. 1926 estate with rooms in main house and separate carriage house.
Hibiscus House, Fort Myers
$169: Cozy, small room with attractive fish décor. Queen-size bed, two comfortable chairs. Double-sink vanity and large walk-in shower in luxurious modern bath. (Read my review.)
The Tilton (Inn at Tilton Place), Jensen Beach
$155: Pickled Florida Pecky Cypress walls in rustic room with queen bed. Bathroom with rain showerhead, wood floor and retro pink tiles, in 110-year-old home facing the Indian River.
B&Bs Under $100
Old Carrabelle Hotel, Carrabelle
$87-$97: Queen beds, private baths. Rooms decorated with African tribal masks, nautical décor or bird prints. A laid-back Key West style B&B built in the late 1880s, with wraparound verandas offering scenic views of the harbor.
Island Hotel & Restaurant, Cedar Key
$90: Twin beds; private bathroom across the hall with clawfoot tub. No TVs or phones in rooms. Colonial-style inn on National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1859 on a barrier reef off Florida’s west coast.
Historic Edgewater Hotel, Winter Garden
$94-98: Even in the winter (Florida’s high season), I found five rooms at this bed-and-breakfast listed under $100, with either a double and a twin, or just a double bed. One of the rooms is handicapped accessible. The second-floor B&B has a 1927 Otis elevator, but a staff member is required to operate it. (Read my review of Edgewater.)
River Park Inn, Green Cove Springs
$94: Same rate for four rooms. One decorated with furniture from the early 1900s, electric fireplace, queen-sized bed and twin bed. Restored 1880s lodging with heart of pine flooring, on St. Johns River across from a spring.
Jenks House, Jacksonville
$95 single occupancy, $110 double occupancy: Hand-carved Italian Art Deco queen bed topped with 70-year-old homespun French linen. Tiger oak armoire, Art Deco slant-front desk. Bath with original porcelain plumbing fixtures. Just two rooms in B&B, built in 1925 in the Prairie School style.
John Denham House, Monticello
$99.95: Queen bed and twin trundle/daybeds, clawfoot tub, mini-fridge and coffeemaker. Pets OK. Early Victorian mansion with eight fireplaces on one-acre lot; two stories, plus cupola on top.
(Note: I accepted no compensation in exchange for writing this article.)